Loading up: Datsyuk, Bryzgalov set to join CSKA Moscow


One of the KHL’s biggest clubs is making a massive push for NHL talent during the lockout.

CSKA Moscow — who already paid large to acquire the services of Nashville’s Alexander Radulov — are reportedly bringing aboard Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk and Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Datsyuk played for one of Moscow’s other famous teams, HC Dynamo, during the last work stoppage, alongside a talented 18-year-old by the name of Alexander Ovechkin.

As reported earlier, Ovechkin has agreed to re-join Dynamo during the lockout, meaning he and Datsyuk will be prominent fixtures when the next Capital City Derby takes place.

Bryzgalov didn’t return to Russia during the last lockout, opting to play with AHL Cincinnati, but is on record saying he’d go to the KHL in the event of a work stoppage this season.

The signings, as reported by SovSport’s Pavel Lysenkov and Sports-Express’ Slava Malamud, would make an already formidable CSKA lineup all the more powerful.

The team is led by ex-NHLers Radulov, Denis Arkhipov, Vladimir Zharkov, Oleg Kvasha and Sergei Shirokov and is reportedly in talks with New Jersey defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

Volchenkov is a graduate of the CSKA hockey school and played one season with the senior team before joining the Ottawa Senators in 2002-03.